Turtles

Snapping Turtle juvenile resting on pond vegetation © Mia Kheyfetz
Snapping Turtle juvenile © Mia Kheyfetz

Turtles are reptiles, like snakes and lizards, but they’re more ancient than either of those groups. The first turtles appeared over 200 million years ago. Although many turtle species live in the water, all must breathe air and lay eggs on land. Learn More

There are 10 species of turtles in Massachusetts. They range from the tiny bog turtle, which measures 3-4” long, to the snapping turtle, which can reach up to 19” long. In addition, five sea turtles have also been found offshore, or stranded on beaches. Learn More

Turtles often find themselves navigating developed areas—you may find a turtle crossing a busy road, or laying eggs in your yard. We can help you decide when to intervene. In most cases, turtles should be left alone, and we also discourage people from taking wild turtles as pets. Learn More

Upcoming Turtle Programs

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Edgartown
August 3, 2021 (Tuesday) 10:00-11:00am
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Edgartown
August 10, 2021 (Tuesday) 10:00-11:00am
Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Westport
August 14, 2021 (Saturday) 10:00am-2:00pm
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Edgartown
August 17, 2021 (Tuesday) 10:00-11:00am
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Edgartown
August 24, 2021 (Tuesday) 10:00-11:00am
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, South Wellfleet
August 27, 2021 (Friday) 4:30-6:00pm
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, South Wellfleet
August 31, 2021 (Tuesday) 4:30-6:00pm
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, South Wellfleet
September 3, 2021 (Friday) 4:30-6:00pm
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